Campus Alive

March 29, 2012

God’s Word- Standing on and under the Word

Filed under: Please Note — campusalive @ 10:21 pm

“Grant us a safe journey, Lord,” I prayed in my heart.

It was a privilege and a cherished experience to be behind the wheel of CA’s infamous sports car for the first time this week. Though the boys from Cendana were late due to several complications on the way, I was grateful to God for our arriving in one piece – figuratively, of course.

Having gobbled down our dinner, we made it to New Life in time to witness the final moments of the icebreaker session.  I was immediately drawn by the cheers and laughter that filled the hall. Forgive my ignorance, for I had no idea what the game was about; it just seemed to be a Pictionary-like game in which three groups scrambled to be the quickest to answer correctly. Nevertheless, I smiled as I watched fellow CA members enthusiastically battling it out with their incessant guessing, one of which was “Adele”.

Campus Alive that evening proceeded with a wonderful session of worship followed by the usual announcements. Next was the message by our guest speaker, Pastor Sam Ong. He commenced with a brief yet humorous introduction, before posing this question:

“What is the Bible to you?” (May not be verbatim, but that’s the gist of it.)

Initially, I thought it was a rhetorical question, but I soon found out that Pastor Ong expected answers.   As I recall, someone said that the Bible is a manual, while someone else believed that it is a collection of God’s plans for us. Pastor Ong then explained how our conceptions of the Bible dictate the way in which we read it, and so it’s important for us to have the right attitude toward the Bible. He referred us to 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (GNTD)

Pastor Ong’s message that day was indeed an eye-opener. I learned that having the proper mindset when reading the Bible will make Scripture more meaningful to me.

After all, the Bible that I read on a daily basis contains the invaluable words “breathed out” by the mighty God Himself.

As usual, CA ended with refreshments. Kudos to the refreshments team for preparing the scrumptious curry rolls to top up the evening. After some chitchat with one another, we journeyed back to our respective hostels for a good night’s rest after yet another fulfilling fellowship in CA.

-Ernest

 

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